An Introduction to Early Modern English
An Introduction to Early Modern English, helps students of English and linguistics to place the language of the period 1500-1700 in its historical context as a language with a common core but also one which varies across time, regionally and socially, and according to register. The volume focuses on the structure of what contemporaries called the General Dialect--its spelling, vocabulary, grammar and punctuation--and on its dialectal origins. The book also discusses the language situation and linguistic anxieties in England at a time when Latin exerted a strong influence on the rising standard language.
Sources for the study of Early Modern English
Towards a standard language
Old words and loan words
Nouns and pronouns
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adjective adverbs affixes Alice Lisle American English auxiliary Boethius borrowing CEEC Chapter common compounding consonant contexts diphthong discussed e)th Early Modern English Early Modern period eighteenth century England example forms French functions gender generalisation genitive grammar grammatical gender Hart hath haue Helsinki Corpus Henry high-mid illustrated inflectional instance inversion John King Kytö language Latin letter lexemes lexical linguistic Lisle loan words London Lord Maudl means Middle English Modern English period native negative Nevalainen northern noun phrases of-construction Old English past participle pattern periphrastic personal pronouns phonemic plural pray preposition Present-day English present-tense printed pronunciation Raumolin-Brunberg regional dialects relative clauses relative pronoun Richard Preston Scots Scots-English second-person semantic change sense sentence seventeenth century Shakespeare sixteenth century social southern speakers speech spelling subjunctive suffix syntactic third-person singular Thomas thou tion Trial of Sir typically variation verb phrase vocabulary Vowel Shift word-formation writing